MACON COUNTY, IL (WALL) – Macon County's Department of Health announced Friday that it has discovered the first confirmed positive case of West Nile virus in mosquitoes this year.
Sam Force, director of the Macon Mosquito Abatement District, said his agency uses 19 mosquito traps a week, and earlier this week, one of their traps caught a number of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. He said it was not known how many of the insects had the disease, so it could be one of about 50 in the batch.
"You do not know how many in this batch have a virus," he said. "They assume that everyone has a virus." Fortunately, no one in Macon County tested positive for WNV in 201
"The large percentage of people who have the virus have no symptoms," he said. "Some will have flu-like symptoms, and if it becomes neurologically neuroinvasive then it could cause paralysis and." could even lead to death. "
Force said a person could not tell from a mosquito if it had WNV, but there are measures they can take to avoid mosquitoes in general.
Wear repellent," he said. "We recommend a product that contains at least 30 percent DEET, and a lower percentage of DEET would be desirable for younger children." Mosquito breeding.
"Look over your property, and if you have stagnant water, let it off," he said.
If you know there is stagnant water in an area for 3 or more days, you can contact the area at (217) 875-2722 to handle it.